Egyptian Eats

February 16th, 2011

I was in Egypt about a month and a half ago. The regime change and protests had not yet begun. The National Museum in Cairo was not yet looted and I had no problems taking clichéd pyramid photos with thousands of other tourists. As with every trip I take, I was there mostly for the food. Of course the four thousand year old history and culture had some sway as well. My trip lasted 10 days and I spent time in Cairo, Aswan, and Luxor. What follows is an account of my favorite Egyptian eats. Feast your eyes on this!

 

*I should note my mom was worried about my plans to visit. By this point in my travelling career my mom has gotten the idea that most countries I go to have revolutions soon after I leave… so far she’s right. Apologies for the stress mom!

 

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Wood-fired Egyptian flat bread

 

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Woman making bread

 

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Kushari from Abou Tarek. Yep, Anthony Bourdain went here and so did I.

 

(Youtube footage of Tony at Abou Tarek)

 

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Rows of spices at the markets

 

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Sweet potato (or yam, I’ve forgotten) fresh from the cart at the market

 

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Tea with mint (Shai)

 

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Me enjoying Shai

 

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Nubian aged cheese and molasses with flat bread. I have to say I HATED the cheese but the molasses made up for it.

 

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My BIRTHDAY cake. This is the first time I celebrated my birthday outside of the states and the fact that I still ate cake thrilled me

 

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Zalabia- warm fried dough soaked in honey. If there were a perfume that smelled like this dessert, I’d wear it.

 

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Buffet of appetizers including tahini, olives, cucumber salad, garlic dip (? didn’t catch the name), hummus and probably a couple other things I’ve forgotten.

 

Full yet?

Teddy B

2 Responses to “Egyptian Eats”

  1. WOW — yum! Everything looks a-maz-ing! I want some of those zalabia now!

  2. Lindsay says:

    Wow I’m having some serious food envy right now. your birthday cake looks amazing. I love that the food seems to range from beautifully simple and complex and interesting. Glad you had a good time!

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